Accident PZL-104 Wilga 35A N124MS, 29 May 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PZ04 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
PZL-104 Wilga 35A
Owner/operator:Colonel Mustard Aviation LLC
Registration: N124MS
MSN: 140543
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Pearland Regional Airport (LVJ/KLVJ), Houston, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Angleton/Lake Jackson-Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport, TX (LJN/KLBX)
Destination airport:Houston-Pearland Regional Airport, TX (KLVJ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On May 29, 2021, at 1451 central daylight time, a PZL Warszawa-Okecie PZL-104 Wilga 35 airplane, N124MS, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Pearland Regional Airport (LVJ), Pearland, Texas. The pilot was fatally injured; the passenger was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Airplane position data indicated that the pilot and pilot-rated passenger conducted a local flight before entering the airport traffic pattern for landing. The pilot-rated passenger stated that it was a “good landing.” The airplane touched down on the runway centerline, did not bounce, and tracked straight down the runway until it veered to the right. The pilot applied left rudder, but the airplane did not respond. The airplane departed the runway pavement and encountered a ditch located between the runway and the parallel taxiway.

A witness reported that the airplane touched down briefly but that it became airborne again and, about that time, veered to the right. It remained in a level attitude as it yawed to the right and exited the runway.

Airport surveillance video footage depicted the airplane in a stabilized descent during the downwind to final turn. The pilot initiated the landing flare, and the airplane appeared to settle onto the runway. Shortly afterward, it veered abruptly to the right. The runway exhibited scuffing marks that began near the 1,000-ft touchdown markers and proceeded in a righthand arc to the edge of the pavement. The tracks continued into the grass area adjacent to the runway to the edge of the drainage ditch running between the runway and taxiway. The airplane impacted the opposite (rising embankment) side of the ditch, rose out of the ditch, and came to rest adjacent to the taxiway. The forward fuselage sustained substantial damage. A postrecovery airplane examination did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operations.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s loss of directional control during landing. Contributing to the severity of the accident was the presence of a drainage ditch between the runway and taxiway.


NTSB (photo)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Download report: Final report


Photo: Alan Wilson (CC:by-sa), 2019

Photos: NTSB

Revision history:

30-May-2021 00:19 Captain Adam Added
30-May-2021 00:49 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-May-2021 00:50 RobertMB Updated [Location, Narrative]
30-May-2021 05:52 RD Updated [Departure airport]
30-May-2021 06:14 harro Updated [Photo]
19-Dec-2022 13:13 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Category, Accident report, Photo]
19-Dec-2022 13:15 Captain Adam Updated [Photo]
19-Dec-2022 13:15 Captain Adam Updated [Photo]
19-Dec-2022 13:16 Captain Adam Updated [Photo]

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